Christmas 2020

We always forget to document and date our photographs. Actually we are just really pathetic at keeping a neat and tidy digital filing systems of all the photos that are taken. So we are making an effort to do a better job of keeping living records of the changes in the house and the garden. We just updated the ‘tour’ section of our website showing a timeline of photos of the rooms as they have changed over the years since we have been in the house.

So here we go, we are going to start with our Christmas tree for 2020, and our Christmas Day table. It was a small celebration for 3 adults and one dog. Despite the micro-celebration it was actually a really lovely relaxed couple off days of cooking meals together and watching movies.

Of course, the gift of giving this years was the ‘Resident Dog’ book that features Banksy and the Frost House.

Who doesn’t love setting the table for special occasions? It is a favorite thing to do, and we collect vintage dish-ware and glasses so we can dress the table up. We have some metal shelves and large plastic bins in the basement to store all the goodies. The collection is forever growing, we might have a small problem.

Our favorite linens for the dining table come from Huddleson. The only company that I am aware of that makes table linens especially for Saarinen Tulip dining table. The dinner set was found in a resale store in Benton Harbor, likely a wedding gift that was hardly used, it came with all the serving pieces and a place setting for 12. The glassware was purchased from Etsy and Ebay they are a smoked grey/green vintage glasses by Gorham.

Visiting Columbus Indiana

We finally made the pilgrimage to the modern mecca of design in Columbus Indiana to see the Miller House. It has long been on the ‘visit’ list, and we finally got around to a quick overnight road trip. We wanted to get some design inspiration for updating the living room, injecting some color without making it too much of a modern mid-century maximalism [ahem Jonathan Adler-esque). We thought the Miller House was the perfect home to help us out.

We equipped ourselves with a few tour maps to help guide our tour: 1] Curbed did a great map and story in Sept 2019, and does a great job with building descriptions; 2] ArchDaily also did a nice job with a map and editing down the buildings to visit Jun 201, but it lacks descriptions.

For the Miller House Tour, we booked well in advance to get tickets, as the tour is popular and limited in availability. The bonus of going during COVID there were 50% fewer people on the tour than normal, so there was plenty of room to socially distance, and less people you needed to dodge in your photos. MCM Daily by DC Hillier has a great write up and photos that you should check out, along with Leslie Williamson via Dwell.

The Miller House – it has to be seen to really grasp this beautiful property – the gardens were much larger than expected.

And then there was more garden to admire ….. we missed the pool – it was already closed for the winter.

We also booked an overnight stay at ‘The Inn at Irwin Gardens’, it was easy to book online, and came with breakfast in the morning included with the room rate. This private home and gardens was converted into an Inn in 2009, and much of the charm has been preserved and maintained to the original 1910 remodel, with some furniture pre-dated to the original build in 1864. It gained a lot of screen time in the movie ‘Columbus’ (2017).

The overnight trip was a little too quick, and because it was a weekend and during a global pandemic – many locations were not available for interior tours. None-the-less we enjoyed our visit.

Chicago Magazine – retro repast

Thanks for the lovely feature Chicago Magazine in your November 2019 print edition. It is always so fun to see the house in print. Thanks once again Eye Eaters Society for the fabulous evening, and to Clair Voon for the story and Ryan Segedi for the photos, we enjoyed having you at the event. On News Stands NOW!

Eye Eaters Dinner Party

It has finally landed, the wonderful short story of the Eye Eater Event that was held at the Frost House this summer. There are SOOOO many people to thank for making this happen .. here we go:

And a HUGE thanks to all the people that attended and were so respectful and thoughtful when enjoying our home. We really enjoyed meeting so many people, some traveled long distances to attend too – we are honored.

Join in the fun next time! Follow @eyeeaters to see what crazy new and exciting events they are bringing to a location near you.

Be our Dinner Guest

We have been dying to share this event with everyone. We are beyond excited to be working with Eye Eaters Society to bring this unique dining experience to our house. Tickets are going to sell fast. so head over to purchase your tickets ASAP and come join us for dinner on August 10th 2019.

Here are some details:

And the story people behind Eye Eaters Society brought to you buy the ever so talented Paul Octavius

Home Tour – July 21st 2019

We are thrilled to announce an exciting collaboration with Lubeznik Center for the Arts [LCA]. We have agreed to host LCA’s Sustaining Members for a series of tours on Sunday, July 21st. There will be three one-hour sessions beginning at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Each Sustaining membership includes admission for two people to one of these tours. If spaces remain, we will make them available to other LCA membership levels.

Sustaining Members can RSVP by calling (219) 874-4900 or emailing mshirk@lubeznikcenter.org. If you are not currently a Sustaining Member but wish to attend, you can purchase a Sustaining Membership over the phone, in person or online at www.lubeznikcenter.org